Striker looking to play a part before the end of the season as he thanks Blue Army for support
The Republic of Ireland international sustained knee ligament damage during Blues’ win at Fulham and has been told he can expect to be out for 12 weeks, taking him past the end of the Championship fixtures.
Noel is seeing that as a challenge though and is determined to play some part in Blues’ final weeks of the campaign.
“I didn’t know the extent of the damage but I knew it was worse than a kick when I was being carried off on a stretcher,” said Noel, speaking in an interview in tonight’s matchday programme.
“On the Monday I had to see a specialist and I was fearing it might be nine months but he reassured me that it wasn’t as bad as that, which was a big relief.
“I’m gutted to be out but the incentive for me now is to get back before the end of the season. If it’s 12 weeks and we are in the Play-Offs, then I can get back for that. If I can make it eight or nine weeks, then I’ll be back before the end of the season. That is what I’m aiming for.
“I’ll put the work in. I don’t like sitting around anyway so I’ll be doing double sessions and everything I can to be back as quick as I can.
“When I was coming off on the stretcher all I could hear was the fans singing my name. That meant a lot to me and I want to pay them back for that.”
Don’t miss tonight’s programme for more from Noel on his trial at Crystal Palace as a goalkeeper, why brother Stephen was the odd one out in his village and why he wants to stay at Portman Road for the rest of his career.